Track is often bent to follow the cabin house curve or boom radius. Sometimes track is bent vertically, ends up, to relieve tension on the sail's leech as the traveler car moves off the boat's centerline.
To perform smoothly and carry the correct load, the traveler car's length must suit the track radius. If the load requires a long car, but the radius will be too tight, consider using two short cars joined by a coupler.
Harken can provide horizontal, vertical, or compound curves to specification for a modest charge. If the bend is continuous, add 50 mm to 100 mm (2" to 4") to each end because track cannot be bent to its ends. Standard Harken Mini-Maxi and Maxi traveler cars cannot ride on vertical bends with a radius under 15.25 m (50').
Track length of 2 m (6' 6 3/4") or less and chord depth less than 200 mm (8").